This part of your life is as important as any other part of your journey. Your new home will be as important a place as the other places you’ve lived.
Your suite may be smaller than the home you’re moving from. But, the whole building, with all of its common areas and amenities, will be your new house. You’ve actually upsized!
GETTING READY FOR THE MOVE
It can be hard to decide what to bring with you.
Think about bringing:
- Things you are proud of like family pictures.
- Favourite items, like your favourite mug or blanket.
- Things that you may want to speak about with your new friends, like items from your travels.
WHAT LIFE WILL BE LIKE AT A RETIREMENT RESIDENCE
Remember, you are totally independent. You can come and go from your retirement residence as you wish.
You can do as much or as little as you want to. You can be as social as you want or have as much alone time as you want. How busy you are will be up to you. You get to make your routine what you want it to be, and, you’re going to have lots of opportunities for new experiences.
Usually, the first day or so is spent with family and friends who are helping you to move in and get set up. Set up your room the way you want it. Make it your space.
With the move and getting accustomed to a new environment, the first week can be a little tiring. But you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll become comfortable.
It’s a great idea to walk around the residence and familiarize yourself with all of the amenities and where they are located.
THE PEOPLE THAT YOU’LL MEET
As you move in, you will spend time with each of our managers, who will want to know about your dietary, medical and social needs. Make sure to tell them all of your needs so that they can accomplish their goal of making sure you’re doing well.
Some of the first people that you’ll get to know will be your table mates. This will be one to three other people who will tell you all about the goings on and the fun things to do at the residence.
Many staff and residents will approach you to introduce themselves and say hello.
If you know someone in the residence already, buddy up with them. It’s always fun to have someone to chum around with.
You can do as much or as little as you want, but we encourage you not to stay isolated in your room. Even just being in the activity areas or lobby can help you get comfortable with your new neighbours.
If you’re feeling shy about attending events and activities, ask a friend or family member to come to the first few with you so that you feel a little more comfortable. Family is always welcome to visit, participate in activities, and spend time with you in common areas. You can even book a reservation for them in the dining room.
Pub nights are especially fun. And, there are usually a few good card games in the evenings.
Make sure to tell our activity coordinator about your hobbies, so that she can recommend a few activities and maybe even add a few new ones to suit your needs.
Read the activity calendar and listen to the announcements – you’re sure to find some activities that you’ll enjoy. Try out different activities – there might be something, that you had never thought to try before, which could become your new favourite thing.
Find out what clubs and committees exist at the residence. There may be one that interests you. If there’s something that interests you, and there is no club, you can work with your activity coordinator to create a new club.
Once you attend a few activities you’ll start to feel yourself fitting right in with your new friends.
If you’re curious about how things run at the residence, and why, it’s a good idea to attend the resident council meetings. This gives you a voice in what things happen and lets you know what’s coming up.
If you want to find out what has gone on in the residence before you moved in, you can read the minutes of previous resident council meetings.
WHAT THE STAFF WANTS YOU TO KNOW
We believe that the time of your life is right now. This part of your life will have its challenges, like every other part of your life, but there are a lot of good times to be had. This part of your life is important.
We will do our best to help you to enjoy yourself. Be open to new experiences and don’t tire yourself out before you get here!